Participating in various physical and mental activities takes on many forms; from the physical intensity of tug of war to the mind bending strategy demanded in Game of Thrones. We start early with sports camps, music camps, wilderness vacations and exploring new places. The games we play, the places we travel and the books we read can all teach us stewardship lessons.
Take tug of war. How tight is your grip? How bad do you want to win? Who do you pick for your team mate? Someone with endurance or the short-termer with big muscles? One helps you win quickly, while the other helps you endure for the long haul.
When it comes to stewardship, we make a commitment in our heart to both enjoy God’s abundance and give from our resources to bring justice and healing to brokenness and pain; living out Micah 3 to walk humbly with our God and seek justice.
A recent reading of Jeff Manion’s book, Satisfied, helped me gain a stronger grip on stewardship. The day-to-day tug of war between being satisfied and comparing my situation to those who appear to “have it better” is wearing. My heart often crosses the line into discontent and selfishness.
But the knowledge of God’s great gift of salvation turns me to gratitude for His saving grace. Eliminating competitors for my heart demands commitment, endurance and a strong desire to keep God on my side of the rope—where His grip on me is made complete.